Coal Harbour—(January 31, 2016) At the tail end of last year, Loden Hotel was named "Best Hotel in Vancouver" by Condé Nast Traveler's 2015 Readers' Choice Awards (as well as 28th in the "Top 100 Hotels and Resorts in the World") among its other accolades. To celebrate, I was invited for an overnight stay to experience Loden's award-winning amenities for myself.
The 77-room boutique hotel is charmingly tucked away at the edge of Coal Harbour with a no-nonsense appearance on the quiet Melville Street block.
The stay was capped with a full French fine dining experience at the always amiable Tableau Bar Bistro downstairs. My highlight was the deliciously prepared and tender roasted duck breast (with wheat berry, kale, fork mashed squash, and citrus scented jus). The buttermilk fried cornish hen (with mashed potato, gravy, and biscuit) was another substantial endeavour cleanly fried and full of Southern inspired French flavours.
For cocktails, I greatly enjoyed la pomme cocktail (with bourbon, ginger liquor, lime juice, spiced syrup, and apple juice) as an apple themed twist on a bourbon cocktail. The concord (with gin, violette liquor elderflower, and lemon juice) was a stiffer and sweetly robust libation.
Loden encompasses all the qualities of a luxury boutique hotel but with a friendlier feel and atmosphere full of the usual amenities. It was a more understated but still undeniably luxurious stay with a refreshingly quaint quality. It's easy to see why Loden maintains its gem quality and high reputation for hospitality. Stay well.
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